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West Nile Virus poster contest winners announced PDF Print E-mail


Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is pleased to announce the winners of its first local West Nile Virus poster contest.      
The contest was open to fifth and sixth grade students from Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Perkins and Red Willow counties.
First place winner is Bailey Wood of Perkins County Middle School.  Bailey won an iPod touch.  Second place went to Justyn Keen from McCook Junior High winning an iPod Nano.  Third place winner is James Carrig from Perkins County Middle School winning an iPod Shuffle.
“Entries were received from Chase County Schools, McCook Public Schools and Perkins County Schools” states Beverly Powers, Surveillance Coordinator for SWNPHD.  “This is the first local West Nile Virus poster contest that we have sponsored.  All entries were then mailed into the national contest co-sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and the DEET education program.”
West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by infected mosquitoes. The best defense against the virus is by protection with repellent and not giving mosquitoes a place to lay eggs.
•  Use DEET
•  Wear long sleeves
•  Drain standing water